I missed On Chesil Beach when it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, which I immediately regretted, because the movie is right up my alley, being a period drama and starring Saoirse Ronan. Bleecker Street picked up the film at the festival and wisely, they saved it for this year, because Ronan’s other TIFF film was getting more attention. That film? Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, for which Ronan has received her third Oscar nomination.
Bleecker Street has bided its time and just released a brand-new trailer for the film, which will be released on May 18.
In the film, Ronan plays a young woman who begins a romance in the summer of ’62 with a young man (Howle), as it follows their courtship and the pressures put on them by society as they try to decide whether to wait for their wedding night to have sex.
Dominic Cooke (The Hollow Crown) directs his first feature film from Ian McEwan’s adaptation of his own 2007 novel of the same name. Ronan is joined by co-stars Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson and Samuel West.
If you’re already a fan of Ronan’s work then you’re probably already a fan of romantic period films, because she’s done a bunch of them including Atonement, Brooklyn and yes, even Lady Bird is kind of a period piece even though it takes place in 2003.
Here is the official synopsis:
“Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, the drama centers on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Following the pair through their idyllic courtship, the film explores sex and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Billy Howle, Anne-Marie Duff, Adrian Scarborough, Emily Watson, and Samuel West.”
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor